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Conservator’s Corner- The annual vintage Taralga Machinery Rally

The Taralga Machinery Club ran its annual vintage machinery rally on the weekend of 21st/22nd November 2009. Despite the sweltering heat of 40?, over 900 people turned out to see the impressive exhibition of machinery. There were dozens of steam engines, stationary engines, tractors, models and a shearing demonstration. Because of the fire ban, no steam engines ran, but tractor engines were used to demonstrate some of the machinery in action. A wheat thrasher in action:

Wheat thresher in action
Photography by Kate Pollard © Powerhouse Museum, all rights reserved.

This machine takes the stalks of wheat and seperates the heads from the hay. The residual hay is then bailed by the machine pictured below.

Wheat thresher in action
Photography by Kate Pollard © Powerhouse Museum, all rights reserved.

There were many different types of steam engines present, such as this portable Southern Cross steam engine (horse drawn).

Portable Southern Cross steam engine
Photography by Kate Pollard © Powerhouse Museum, all rights reserved.

Also included in the display were models of steam engines from the Powerhouse collection (A hand-made steam locomotive model made by A. Cardew. B2080 ).

Boy looking at model steam engine
Photography by Kate Pollard © Powerhouse Museum, all rights reserved.

and toys from a different era – cast lead farm animals

Children looking at die-cast farm animal toys
Photography by Kate Pollard © Powerhouse Museum, all rights reserved.

And shearing demonstrations powered by a tractor engine

Sheep shearing powered by a tractor engine
Photography by Kate Pollard © Powerhouse Museum, all rights reserved.

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